Posts made in February, 2012

Would You Sell Your Couch to Travel to Florence?

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Another inspiring story involving Tuscany and Florence. If you need to give your life a boost, this lovely guest post by Bianca Gignac who runs an Italian travel blog and she will point you in the right direction. I landed in Florence with a broken heart and a black cloud over my head. The year had been a mess. A complete downer. My boyfriend had dumped me like day old bread and I took it terribly. He had been the centre of my universe for 7 years. It was my first big heartbreak. I was 25. Florence changed my life. Florence jolted me out of my fog. Florence told me, “It was going to be alright”. I remember the exact moment she whispered it to me. I hadn’t slept for days; canceled flights and too many stopovers made it impossible. It was my first...

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New Yorker finds Happiness in Tuscany

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This a guest post from Paul Costa, a successful expat in Tuscany. His beautiful story compelled me to creating a new category dedicated to all those that left their homeland to live the Tuscan dream. Cheers Paul! Imagine yourself in Tuscany standing on the veranda of a villa on a beautiful sunny day, admiring the rolling hills, and sipping a glass of Chianti. Paul Costa, owner of Tuscan Tour Guide, has been living this dream on the outskirts of Florence and Pisa since 2005. As a tour guide he helps travelers live the “Tuscan Dream”. Paul was born and raised in New York, but as a child he spent several years in Tuscany when his parents began a business there. Years went by and Paul was your average New Yorker, but he always remembered the beauty of the...

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Tennis Holidays in Tuscany

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This is a guest post from Laura Hamilton of www.tuscanytennis.com Wonderful food and wine, sun-drenched rolling hills, an abundance of culture and more than a hint of romance. Probably all the things that immediately spring to mind when you think of Tuscany. Well, have you ever thought of improving your back-hand while you’re there? Tennis aficionados, imagine the steady thwack, thwack of the ball on glorious, brick red, clay courts. A couple of hours of that in the morning and you’ve really earned your pasta and a drop or two of Chianti. I guess many have drifted away from the ‘lie and fry’ beach holidays. Not that they weren’t good while they lasted. But nowadays, many want to pack more in, they want more ‘take-home...

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A Traveller’s Guide to Grosseto, Tuscany

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If you’re looking to experience the beauty of the Italian countryside while taking in the illustrious history of Tuscany, then a trip to Grosseto might be in your future. Grosseto offers both the atmosphere of a small Italian city and the fresh air and incredible landscapes of the Tuscan countryside. It lies just 14 kilometers from the breathtaking Tyrrhenian Sea and is considered by many seasoned travelers to be one of the best locations for who wants more than just the typical Italian holiday. Read on to learn more about Grosseto, accommodation options including hotels and Italian villas, and why it may be just right for your itinerary. Until the 12th century, Grosseto was one of Tuscany’s most important cities. While others declined, Grosseto...

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Pistoia in Italy, City of Art and Culture in Tuscany

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Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist regions of the globe, with arguably the greatest cultural heritage in the world. It was the epicenter of the renaissance and has 6 UNESCO World heritage sites, with a lot of beautiful weather to boast about as well. Here I will concentrate on Pistoia, Italy. It is a city in the region of Tuscany and the capital of a province by the same name. Pistoia is crossed by the “Ombrone Pistoiese”, a tributary of the River Arno. Pistoia has an interesting history being a Roman town in the 6th century and then it was ruled by the Lombards. In that era, Pistoia was a defensive stronghold known as the seat of ‘Castaldia’. It is seen as a charming medieval city with its city walls still very much intact today....

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